Archive for June, 2010

Young Jesuits Hit the Road to Offer Mini Retreats in the Midwest

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The Apostleship of Prayer is offering  a series of mini-retreats for young adults given across the Midwest by a team of six young Jesuits. The project is called “Hearts on Fire” and the focus of the retreats is to help young adults live their Christian faith in daily life. The Jesuits have adapted some elements of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius in what they hope is a catchy, inspiring way.

The two days include Eucharistic adoration, confessions, talks, discussion groups, contemplation and even musical entertainment.  They have completed two retreats already, in Milwaukee and Iowa City and July 9-10 they  will be in Columbus, Ohio; July 16-17, in Chicago; and July 23-24, in Des Moines.

The six Jesuits leading the retreats are Father Chris Collins,  Boston College;  Father Phil Hurley, Apostleship of Prayer,  Milwaukee; Mister Michael Rossmann, Loyola University, Chicago; Mister  Joe Simmons, Loyola University, Chicago; Mister Michael Magree,  St. Joseph’s Prep., Philadelphia; Mister Michael Wegenka, Fordham University/Oxford University.

For more information or to register for a retreat, visit the Apostleship of Prayer’s website. You can also learn more by watching the video trailer below.

Jesuit Fathers Give Ignatian Approach to Making Decisions in Their New Book

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Jesuit Fathers J. Michael Sparough and Tim Hipskind offer an Ignatian approach to decision making in their new book, What’s Your Decision? How to Make Choices with Confidence and Clarity.

In What’s Your Decision?, the Jesuit authors introduce readers to a time-tested Ignatian approach to effective decision making. Based on the insights of St. Ignatius, the book addresses common questions such as “What’s important and what’s not when it comes to making decisions?” “Can I ever trust my gut?” and “What do I really want?”. Frs. Sparough and Hipskind help us understand that a God decision always precedes a good decision; when we invite God—who cares deeply about what we do—into the decision-making process, we find the freedom to make the best choice.

Cincinnati’s Faith Works program on Fox19 recently highlighted the Jesuits’ new book and spoke with the authors. Watch their interview below:

And Son Rise Morning Show interviewed the authors on their radio program. Listen to the interview below:

Jesuit Father Fernandez Discusses the Spirtual Exercises

Jesuits Revealed Videos

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Where does a Jesuit come from?

Why does he join the Society of Jesus?

How does he know his calling?

The Jesuit Conference of the United States has launched a new video series interviewing Jesuits from across the country discussing their vocations, their various paths to becoming a Jesuit and what it has meant to them to answer God’s call. National Jesuit News will feature a new video interview each week. You can watch additional videos by going to the Jesuits Revealed channel on YouTube.

Today’s video features Jesuit Father Eduardo Fernandez, associate professor of pastoral theology and ministry at the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley. Fr. Fernandez reflects on what the the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola mean to him. Fernandez talks about his personal reflection on being a retreatant and coming closer to God.  You can hear more from Fernandez on his vocation story in this video and also what it means to live in a Jesuit community in this video from the Jesuits Revealed series on YouTube.

Jesuit Boyton's Mission in Haiti

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Last fall, Jesuit Brother Jim Boynton was missioned to northern Haiti to serve refugees through the Jesuit-founded “Foi et Joie” (Faith and Joy) school system. On January 12, a 7.4-magnitude earthquake devastated the capital city of Port-au-Prince 80 miles away. The next day, the Jesuit superior in the area sent Br. Boynton an email saying, “I know that you have led medical brigades in the past . . . I want you to bring doctors immediately.”

Filled with fear and faith, Boynton connected with a group of Jesuit-educated former soldiers and health care professionals and headed into the heart of the crisis to serve the greatest needs. In a video interview with the Chicago Province of the Society of Jesus, Boynton shares his story and his mission to help rebuild Haiti through education and service. Click on the picture of Boyton below to be taken to the video interview with him.

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Jesuit Boyton’s Mission in Haiti

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Last fall, Jesuit Brother Jim Boynton was missioned to northern Haiti to serve refugees through the Jesuit-founded “Foi et Joie” (Faith and Joy) school system. On January 12, a 7.4-magnitude earthquake devastated the capital city of Port-au-Prince 80 miles away. The next day, the Jesuit superior in the area sent Br. Boynton an email saying, “I know that you have led medical brigades in the past . . . I want you to bring doctors immediately.”

Filled with fear and faith, Boynton connected with a group of Jesuit-educated former soldiers and health care professionals and headed into the heart of the crisis to serve the greatest needs. In a video interview with the Chicago Province of the Society of Jesus, Boynton shares his story and his mission to help rebuild Haiti through education and service. Click on the picture of Boyton below to be taken to the video interview with him.

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